Human/ID and are:era

StratoFyzika and Pseuda
Wed-Sun, Apr 14-18. Video Installations at CounterPulse Wed-Sun, 12-8pm PST. Livestream and Q&A on Fri, Apr 16, 5pm PST
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Where does your identity begin <> end?

Join CounterPulse for a double bill installation showcase featuring works by our Combustible 2020-21 residency artists.

Combustible is CounterPulse’s highly-acclaimed dance/technology residency that carves a place to experiment on the edge of what is known. Join us this April for two immersive, internationally-devised and intermedia dance/installation works that alter perceptions through a dystopian machinescape and mediated interactivity.

Human/ID by StratoFyzika is an immersive media installation that considers the essence of identity and the body as our lives are mediated by the internet. What do we know to be true? Are we able to know one another? What new possibilities of being a person does an online existence proffer? Human/ID works with dance, video, and AI to complicate our relationships with our notions of self and technology.

Created by Berlin-based interdisciplinary performance collective StratoFyzika, in collaboration with local artists Daria Kaufman and Ian Heisters, Human/ID is inspired by the personal, political, and social implications of synthetic media. Deep fakes use AI to manipulate media, creating new possibilities for exploitation and alternate “truths.” Synthetic media can also act as a kind of lens for looking back on ourselves, providing a strange new perspective on our senses of self and relationships with others.

Human/ID immerses the audience in a spatial, layered media installation that invites continual roaming and re-viewing. This work dives into the uncanny valleys that form at the edges of new human mapping technologies, where human beings are rendered and translated through code.

Pictured: Hen Lovely Bird in StratoFyzika's THÆTA. Photo by Dario Lagana

Pictured: Hen Lovely Bird in StratoFyzika’s THÆTA. Photo by Dario Lagana

Next, enter a speculative science fiction allegory in are:era by Psueda, and examine the complexity and multiplicity of our shifting identities as they loop and reflect back to us endlessly. What are the origins and futures of those born into a cyber age, living their lives through a screen, as well as the implications of our ever growing techno-voyeurism?

Directed by drag performance artist, Pseuda, and choreographed by Kim Ip, in collaboration with interactive multimedia artist, Taurin Barerra, are:era drops its audience into a microcosm of a dystopian machinescape. A technological apparatus in which a performer is confined to a panopticon of cameras and monitors. In this space, organic movement is but an echo of the past, remembered through the flicker of screens. Will our protagonist assert their will and wildness through the barrage of data and images? Or find themselves a mimic, bound to the same patterns ad infinitum. What channels are we tuned into? Who is watching us, or who do we think is watching us? What effect does this have on the moves we think we are consciously making?

Pseuda at Pro Arts Gallery. Photo by Becca Reilly

Pseuda at Pro Arts Gallery. Photo by Becca Reilly

Please join us for these special experiments

Wed-Sun, Apr 14-18, 2021

Video Installations at CounterPulse Wed-Sun, 12-8pm PST
Livestream and Q&A on Fri, Apr 16, 5pm PST

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The Combustible Residency was launched with seed funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, as part of ARC which is made possible by support the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts, Facebook, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Emmet R. Quady Foundation, and CounterPulse members.


April 8
April 17
Free - $35